The Feed: Devour Indy Details, Hot Chicken for a Year, and More
This week’s trends in Indy dining.
>> The inaugural Devour Indy, combining Devour Downtown, Devour Northside, and Chow Down Midtown, starts this week and runs through Sunday, February 5. More than 200 restaurants are offering three-course, fixed-priced menus, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free choices. Check the Devour Indy website for participating restaurants and menus. Read the rulebook, too.
>> Wildwood Market (1015 Virginia Ave., 317-737-2653) is now making fresh juices in-house. Pick up a Green Party (kale, cucumber, apple, celery, lemon, ginger, parsley, and cayenne) or Vitamin CUL8R (organic carrot, apple, lemon, and ginger) for $5. More flavors are expected to be added to the menu.
> Nook by Northside (6513 N. College Ave.) opens Wednesday, January 25, in the same Broad Ripple shopping plaza that houses sister restaurants The Northside Social and The Northside Kitchenette. Executive chef Dean Sample, formerly of Meridian, is overseeing the American-style pizza menu and wine bar.
>> The Best Chocolate in Town (860 Massachusetts Ave., 317-636-2800) celebrated its 10-year anniversary last weekend with the addition of a coffee bar, gourmet cookies, and indoor seating. Chocolate production was moved offsite to clear a space where Bee Coffee–trained baristas will prepare espresso drinks to order, using beans from Bee and Limelight Coffee Roasters.
>> Local product swoon alert: We’re digging the new T-shirts Milktooth (534 Virginia Ave., 317-986-5131) debuted last week, both available for $20 at the restaurant. Dominic Senibaldi and Robert Young at Cat Head Press collaborated on two designs that combine Chef Jonathan Brooks’s love of punk rock with everybody else’s love of a Milktooth brunch plate. Order up!
>> Louisville-based Joella’s Hot Chicken (4715 E. 96th St.) opens its first Indiana location this Thursday, January 26. Diners have six choices for spice level: traditional Southern, spiked honey, Ella’s fav, tweener, hot, and fire-in-da-hole. The first 100 people in line (18 and older, with identification) will receive free hot chicken for a year. The line may start forming at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
>> Valley Kitchen & Bar (55 S. Franklin St., Valparaiso, 219-531-8888), Valparaiso’s first farm-to-fork restaurant (and an oldie-but-goodie Destination Dining pick), is renovating and reopening with a new name and concept. According to the Northwest Indiana Times, owners Cory and Blair Muro will change the name to Ricochet and serve gourmet tacos with choices like prime rib, pork belly with pineapple, and panko-crusted chicharron. The Muros expect to reopen in February.